After struggling through a devastating shock to my career, I needed to create again. I thought about bringing back my owl-a-day project, but that would be too easy...and the truth is, I don't really like owls that much. I thought about joining a Creative Sprint, but I really wanted something illustration or drawing based. That's when I learned about #The100DayProject and decided to join in. I wanted to do something with sea life and creativity—an odd combination, but that will make sense once I wrap the challenge up—and came up with my Sea Life Differently project.
Follow along on Instagram!
Art prints of several members of this illustrated series will soon be available through my Etsy Shop. While the project has had a few interruptions, you can follow along as I create all 100 on Instagram.
In 2012, my creativity seemed to hit rock bottom. While at the Weapons of Mass Creation Fest, the Instigator of Awesome challenged me to do something with the ridiculous number of owls I had just
It was a dare that I couldn't ignore. Within a few days I launched my year-long owl-a-day challenge. In the end, I created 385 owls and 12 prints. A sample of my owls are included below.
My Owl-a-Day adventure inspired a yearly tradition: Illustration Friday. While everyone is out shopping on Black Friday, I hide out in the corner of a coffee shop and create. Each year, I focus on one theme, typically dictated by the super creative team of Shock & Nayback (my nieces and nephews).
A few years ago, I purchased a professional grade button-maker and started making pins, magnets, & shoe buttons using my illustrations. I also started making custom buttons for my kids' cross country team, Girls on the Run of Stark County, and a few friends and family.
If you would like custom-made pins or magnets, you can visit my Etsy page here.
Shock Cousteau Illustrations: Instagram
What I'm Doing Now: Facebook
The Original Owl Series: Owl A Day
Design Work & Inspiration: Pinterest
Career Details: LinkedIn
Art Prints & Home Decor: Society 6
Handmade Buttons & Art Prints: Etsy
Vector Graphics: HungryJPEG
Posters & more: Zazzle
Books: COMING SOON!